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4 Ways to Ensure Your Work Skills Are Up-to-Date
By Kerry Hannon
4 Ways to Ensure Your Work Skills Are Up-to-Date
One of the biggest stumbling blocks for job seekers over 50 is having the right skills to meet a prospective employer’s needs. Last summer, I testified at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing about older workers (I wrote about it for Next Avenue) and offered a recommendation to help these applicants: let’s get additional…
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The Dangerous Side Effects of Acid Reflux Drugs
By Leah Ingram
The Dangerous Side Effects of Acid Reflux Drugs
When Alison Huck of Shrewsbury, Mass., had a persistent cough in 1999, she thought she had pneumonia. She was actually diagnosed with reflux (sometimes called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD) and given a prescription for omeprazole 20 mg, twice a day, which the 50-year-old has taken religiously ever since. Omeprazole is more commonly know as…
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Retirement Life: Women and Men Do It Very Differently
By Richard Eisenberg
Retirement Life: Women and Men Do It Very Differently
Imagine you’re about to retire. Clean slate, free days. What will you do with yourself? The answer depends, in large part, on whether you’re a woman or a man. That’s my reading of the fascinating new TIAA Voices of Experience 2016 survey of 1,583 retirees who’d participated in retirement plans offered by the financial services…
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How to Enjoy Sex When You Have Arthritis
By Barb DePree, M.D.
How to Enjoy Sex When You Have Arthritis
As we age, few of us escape periodic — or not-so-periodic — joint pain. While it may be possible to work around occasional pain and stiffness in a knee or elbow, arthritis that is constantly painful and potentially debilitating can make everyday activities newly challenging. When replacing the cap on the toothpaste requires effort, having…
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How to Start Painting at Any Age
By Heidi Raschke
How to Start Painting at Any Age
Megan Jackson is the kind of person people describe as an old soul. “It’s hard for me to really connect in my own age group, and that’s always been the case,” says the painter who created the untitled work that tops Next Avenue’s Artful Aging Special Report. “I’ve always had older friends.” Before Jackson created…
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Can You Really Reverse Diabetes?
By Rita Rubin
Can You Really Reverse Diabetes?
Most health care professionals will tell you that type 2 diabetes is a chronic, progressive and incurable disease (it’s the seventh leading cause of death in the United States). But some small recent studies have raised the tantalizing possibility that diabetes could go into remission — at least partially, at least temporarily, at least in…
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A Dangerous Health Problem No One Talks About
By Linda Melone, CSCS
A Dangerous Health Problem No One Talks About
You’re sitting down to enjoy a nice steak at your favorite restaurant, maybe sipping a little wine. Suddenly a piece of meat gets stuck in your throat. It’s not enough to block your breathing, so you’re not quite choking —but you also can’t get it down. You excuse yourself and go to the restroom, hoping…
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Best Money Moves When You Get Laid Off
By Kerry Hannon
Best Money Moves When You Get Laid Off
If you’ve ever been laid off, you know how it stings. I’ve been there, too, and, sadly, growing numbers of workers have lost their jobs lately. The first quarter of 2016 saw 76 percent more job cuts than the last quarter of 2015, according to global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas. If you become…
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Time to End Forced Retirement?
By Kerry Hannon
Time to End Forced Retirement?
A few weeks ago I was at a dinner for the kick-off to a three-day program in New York City I attended called Age Boom Academy, whose theme was Global Aging: Danger Ahead? Our dinner speaker was John Beard, director of the World Health Organization (an arm of the United Nations) Department of Ageing and…
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7 Common Drugs Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia
By Leslie Kernisan, MD
7 Common Drugs Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia
Find out why these seven common drugs are toxic for our brains — especially as we get older.
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